Skip to comments.Four-Legged Friends: Dogs look after man's health
Posted on 03/12/2010 10:57:53 AM PST by solosmoke
Bill Setzer lay in his bed, sweaty and disoriented.
He'd been napping. But now, his two pit bulls, Mara and Moby, wouldn't let him be.
Mara was furiously licking Setzer's face. And Moby was repeatedly crashing his 70-pound frame into the man, in a frantic attempt to wake him.
Setzer blinked. His vision was blurry. He felt lousy.
The 63-year-old Stafford man, who has Type 2 diabetes, reached for the blood sugar meter on his bedside table, pricked his finger and read the numbers on the screen: 29. A normal blood sugar level ranges between 70 and 140. Setzer took a glucose pill, which eventually raised his blood sugar level. But if the dogs hadn't woken him that December afternoon, Setzer believes he might not have woken up at all.
"I would've probably slipped right into a coma," he said. "These two guys saved my life."
Perhaps they were just returning the favor.
............ There's no indication that Moby or Mara was ever trained to sniff out low blood sugar. They were still very young when the Setzers adopted them.But their natural scent capabilities may have contributed to their efforts to wake Setzer that December day. Megan Hellmer, vice president of Bully Paws, said the public hears a lot of negative news about pit bulls. But the dogs, when raised by responsible owners, are affectionate and bright. Several of the organization's adoptees have gone on to graduate from the Canine Good Citizen program and become therapy dogs, she said.
"These dogs are so intelligent, it's ridiculous," said Hellmer, who admits she was skeptical before owning her first pit bull four years ago. "They're very smart, very, very loyal."
This, the Setzers already know.
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Don’t you have an anti-dog story to post to counter this?
My German Sheppard slept by daughter’s crib when she was suffering through her first tummy bug and ear infection. Earlier that night while I was trying to rock her to sleep, he kept coming by to check on us every 15 minutes. He was like clockwork. Dogs are such wonderful creatures.
I got one. It was raining last night and one of my lazy dogs refused to go out. In the morning I found some nuggets by the basement back door.
He was no fool, he was a little stinker.
How’s that for an anti-dog story?
Can’t post on cats though, the wife is the reason I have them at all. Vile evil creatures, but more than once I’ve caught them looking at the monitor when I type. Type the wrong thing and the next thing you know they throw up on your side of the bed in the middle of the night. :-0
Man’s Best Friend PING!
How dare you post a positive happy story about Pitt Bulls..
I am telling chet99 on you..:)
So, do dogs have souls?
He’s lucky the pitt bulls didn’t decide they were hungry.
This is a typical dawg thing, looking after their people...
My Standard Poodle, Emma, will push her muzzle on my arm if she thinks I am up too late on the computer...
I broke my ankle in February. I was feeding the horses and slipped in the mud. My Great Dane let me pull myself up by her collar and stood solid while I used her to get back on the 4 wheeler. She followed me to the house and stood beside me so I could get off, using her for balance. I lowered myself to the ground using her collar. I had a few steps to drag myself up. She couldn’t help me but kept the other dogs from getting too close. Love those Danes.
Yep i got 2 huskies and you do not get into the house unless i say it is ok to the dogs..
ROTFLMAO! Thanks for the laugh. I always need a good laugh.
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains un awakened.
I have a basset that sits by my chair and whines incessantly until I logoff. “You’ve been on there long enough. Shut that thing OFF.”
I'm of the opinion that "souls" are uniquely human, and the definition of human and soul may as well be interchangeable. As CS Lewis said, "You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
Having said that, I believe that all elements of creation are imbued with a "spirit." The Monks of New Skete, in one of their fine tomes on dogs considered this question...
"Do the bonds of relationship extend beyond this life?
We have no proof, one way or another. But there is a depth
to our experience that awakens faith, faith that in the mysterious
character of life ultimately nothing of real value will ever be lost.
OUR CLOSEST RELATIONSHIPS,
BOTH WITH HUMANS AND WITH DOGS,
SOMEHOW POINT BEYOND THEMSELVES,
LEADING US TO HOPE THAT THERE IS INDEED
SOMETHING OF THE ETERNAL PRESENT IN THEM.
- The Monks of New Skete
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